Global NCAP launched a new #SaferCarsForIndia crash test result with the support of the FIA Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. In the test result, the Mahindra XUV300 reached a solid five stars for adult occupant protection and four stars for child occupant protection. With the XUV300, Mahindra has achieved the highest combined result in Global NCAP’s #SaferCarsForIndia crash tests to date with the highest score in both the adult and child protection categories. The XUV300 has also shown the lowest level of intrusion and best side-impact crashworthiness performance of any model tested so far.
David Ward, CEO, and President, Global NCAP, said, “Mahindra is the second Indian manufacturer to achieve Global NCAP’s coveted five-star status and the XUV300 scores the highest combined crash test result of all the cars we’ve tested in India to date. We are delighted with this hugely positive outcome in our #SaferCarsForIndia campaign. It’s a vitally important win for Indian consumers and sets a safety challenge that every manufacturer must now be measured against.”
Saul Billingsley, Executive Director, FIA Foundation, said, “In the space of just a few years Global NCAP’s #SaferCarsForIndia campaign has transformed both the public conversation and public policy on vehicle safety in India. Indian carmakers are stepping up and taking responsibility for protecting their customers. This result from Mahindra proves that five-star vehicle safety is possible and affordable, and we now expect all manufacturers to offer Indian consumers five-star protection, as standard.”
The XUV300 achieved a solid five stars for adult occupant protection and four stars for child occupant protection. The XUV300 offers 2 frontal airbags as standard, and it offers ESC and side-impact airbags as optional. Its structure and its footwell area were rated as stable. Head and neck protection for adult occupants was good. Chest protection for a passenger was good and driver chest protection was adequate. The femur and knees showed good protection as well. Global NCAP tested the side impact protection of the XUV300 under UN95 regulation, the car comfortably passed the requirements when tested on either passenger or driver side.
Child occupant protection showed good protection for the 18-month-old dummy with the CRS installed rearward facing and using the standard ISOFIX anchorages and a support leg. The 3-year-old CRS was installed forward-facing using the ISOFIX anchorages as well as a top tether and offered fair protection to the dummy. The XUV300 offers the possibility of disconnecting the passenger airbag in case of the need to use a rearward-facing CRS in the passenger seat. The lack of three-point belts in all seating positions, as well as the poor ISOFIX markings, explain the four-star rating for child occupant protection.
*Global NCAP chooses the entry-level version of each model for the crash test.*